Review: The One and Only by Emily Griffin

Title: The One and Only
Author: Emily Griffin
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Published: May 20, 2014
Hardcover, 400 pages
ISBN 13: 9780345546883
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Publisher

Goodreads Summary:

Thirty-three-year-old Shea Rigsby has spent her entire life in Walker, Texas—a small college town that lives and dies by football, a passion she unabashedly shares. Raised alongside her best friend, Lucy, the daughter of Walker’s legendary head coach, Clive Carr, Shea was too devoted to her hometown team to leave. Instead she stayed in Walker for college, even taking a job in the university athletic department after graduation, where she has remained for more than a decade.

But when an unexpected tragedy strikes the tight-knit Walker community, Shea’s comfortable world is upended, and she begins to wonder if the life she’s chosen is really enough for her. As she finally gives up her safety net to set out on an unexpected path, Shea discovers unsettling truths about the people and things she has always trusted most—and is forced to confront her deepest desires, fears, and secrets.

My thoughts:
New York Times bestselling author Emily Griffin has a new book out that will keep you up late at night reading past your bedtime. The One and Only is a book about love, loyalty, and friendship. 

Shea Rigsby is a hard-core football fan. She's stuck in a rut and with the help of her friends and family, she starts to make changes-some for the better, some not so much. Her best friend's father/head coach at the university she works is one of her closest friends. They share a love of the game and have an easy camaraderie. However Shea starts to realize that her feelings for Coach aren't exactly platonic, which is a whole new set of problems.

The One and Only is my first book by Emily Griffin. I was a little surprised I liked this book so much. Mostly because of the football aspect. I'm usually bored to tears by the talk of football. And though I could have done without it, football is a great metaphor for life. Sometimes you win --sometimes you lose. However Griffin is a great storyteller. She could probably rewrite the phone book and make it into a bestseller. 

There were a few bumps in my enjoyment of this book. I didn't care much for Shea's bff Lucy. She's very self-centered and selfish. Also the fact that Shea was in love with Lucy's dad, whom she had known since she was a child. That sort of weirded me out a bit. However they're both consenting adults so C'est la vie.

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P.S. I'm reading this book as part of the BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge.  Check out their Facebook page and website. Feel free to join and comment below which books you're reading! 


  1. I keep hearing good things about this one and I can't wait to read it! Great review :)

    1. Thanks, Finley! It was a good read. Great for the summer or anytime really.


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